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Hen of the Woods & Other Wild Foods and Medicines: A Guided Tour Including Folklore Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: AudioGO; Unabridged edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620643464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620643464
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie VINE VOICE on July 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
In the early 1980s Steve Brill began taking small groups on nature walks through the parks of New York. He would point out various edible plants and berries and encourage his group to try foraging. He coexisted peacefully with the park district until undercover park rangers infiltrated his tour. He was arrested for removing vegetation from the park, that is, he ate a dandelion. The media got hold of his story and it spread like wildfire hitting the national news in days and landing Steve on local and national talk shows. Within two weeks the city dropped the charges and Steve has been conducting tours ever since. And all this before YouTube and going viral!

Hen of the Woods is narrated by the author and is more of a commentary than a book. In a very entertaining style he talks about the many edible foods growing in the wild, gives the listener a little history on how he became interested in foraging and tells the story of his arrest for eating weeds which, ultimately, turned out to be fantastic publicity.

Much of the book is live and narrated while in the field on a foraging tour. He points out plants and answers participants questions and tells entertaining tales. This is not a polished studio production but instead a real-time walk in the park. It had the feel of a podcast rather than a finished book. The author imparts too much good information for audio only. To be useful as more than just an entertaining few hours, the book needs text and photos for reference, none of which are included. The author does sell a Wild Edibles app which is available for Android and Apple.

While I enjoyed the book, it had the feel of an intro for the author's wild food tours which are held throughout the Northeastern US.
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